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Plainville, Mass., November 19, 1920 

Number 8 




Three Hundred Fifty-nine Acci- 
dent Cases During Year of 

Accidents in various factories have 
been analyzed and the results dis- 
played to the employees on charts. The 
information about causes and results, 
thus clearly set forth, has been of 
j^rreat value in the safety program car- 
ried on. 

How to eliminate or reduce acci- 
dents ii the problem of practically 
o\er.y industrial plant, because mis- 
h.aps not only curtail production but 
cost money both to employers and to 
workers. And the workers are the 
ones who must do the suffering. 

Most large plants now have safety 
departments like our own, which has 
already proved effective in accident 
prevention and seems likely to main- 
tain or better its present record. 

This firm is keeping an accurate 
record of every accident occurring in 
the factory. These records are kept 
at the factory hospital. It is the time- 
losing mishaps that come in for par- 
ticular attention in the efforts of the 
safety department to prevent recur- 

We are going to prepare charts and 
place them on exhibition. You will see 
at what hour of the day, and what 
days in the week, most accidents oc- 
cur. These charts will tell a graphic 
story, and we want our employees to 
see them. The fingers are the most sub- 
ject to injury. Our records show 238 
finger cases, hanati 40, head 9, spine 1, 
eyes 8, face 8, legs 3, foot 2, arms 30, 
body 2, infections 5, fractures 3, a to- 
tal of 359 accident cases, 30 of which 
resulted in loss of time during 1918- 
1919. But since December, 1919, 
when our new hospital was completed, 
only 7 accident cases lost time. That 
is clue not only to the prevention of 
accidents, but to the fact that our em- 
ployees do not hesitate to go to the 
nurse for treatment. 

Ihe Burroughs Adding Machine 
Co. states tliat ni cheekuig up tlie ac- 
(Conllnued on page 2) 

Week of 

Nov. 6th 

Mesh Room, 


Asembly Room, 


Polishing Room, 


Lining Dept., 


Coloring Room, 




Soldered IMesh, 


Unsoldered Mesh, 


Tool Room, 


Stamp and Press, 








Snap Fastener, 



- 1.00 

Gold Dept. "B", 




Whiting Chain Co., 



Bang, went Heck's trusty rifle and 
Horace was minus one duck. This 
was how it happened. One day last 
week Heck rushed in and (like a good 
fellow) told Bird about seeing three 
three wild ducks on Weatherell's 
Pond. After thinking it over. Heck 
decided that if he wanted any of the 
ducks he'd have to get up early in the 
morning in order to beat Bird to the 
Pond. Heck got up before five, don- 
ned his hunting suit, grabbed his gun 
and made for the pond before sunrise. 
Just as it was getting light, he no- 
ticed three black spots coming towards 
him. He up with his gun and shot 
oi.e of them. After taking the duck 
Home, he couldn't get to the factory 
quick enough to tell the boys about his 
l,'0()d luck. Bird listened (with that 
.>mile of his) and then asked Heck if 
he knew that Cheever owned a few 
wild ducks. After things had cleared 
and lieck had come to, he was in- 
formed that Bill Sweet had swapped 
iliree Mallard ducks, which are of the 
wild sjx'cies, with Clieever, for a bam- 
boo pole. Heck then knew that he was 
elected to settle with Cheever for the 

Our Pay Roll 


Dick dolls up nicely, now there are 
.some new girls in the .Joining Room. 

Time Cards, Job Cards, Pay Slips 

and Envelopes Take over 2V2 

Hours Each Week 

Once a week, usually on a Wednes- 
day, we hear the eagle scream. Men 
may come and men may go, but our 
pay days must go on forever — we 
hope. And, in order that it should go 
on, there must necessarily be work at- 

We have at present something like 
seven hundred employees here in the 
factory, without counting our Middle- 
boro and Woonsocket Branches, nor 
our outside workers. An estimate of 
900 envelopes in the payroll wouldn't 
be very far from correct. That means 
900 time-cards, 900 pay slips and en- 
velopes, plus the work on job slips, 
which is no small nor mean item. 

About one-third of our factory is 
on job work, and nearly everyone has 
from one to thirty job slips a week, 
and every one a time-card. In order 
to turn these out in the time allowed, 
we must follow a routine. 

The first step comes on Monday 
morning when the cards are brought 
in and figured. Every card has to be 
figured and cheeked besides being 
placed in numerical order to corre- 
spohd with tlie names and numbers on 
the payroll sheet. 

i lien the number of hours turned 
in on every card is transferred to the 
payroll sheet and pay slips. This done, 
one person has to figure the slips and 
anotiier the sheets, the amounts being 
.set down in pencil on the sheet to al- 
low for errors. The amount figured, 
it is copied from the slip to the en- 
velope and then both slip and envelope 
are cliecked with the sheet so that both 

Meanwhile (and this takes the 
greater part of Monday) the job slips 
are being figured, and when ready, 
tiie amounts are placed on slip, en- 
velope and sheet. This completes tlu' 
snop paxroll in one respect. 

1 he pay slips are distributed .on 
Tuesday morning and then ^Ir. Bob 
(Continued on page 3) 


Wadco News 

Published Semi-Montiily 

by the Employees of Whitingr & Davis 

Company, Plainville, Mass. 

Publication Committee 

J. O. Gannon, Chairman 

W. M. Fuller Lee Higsrins F. Gaddes 

O. Soderstrom H. B. Rowan 


C. H. Peasley 




The siiceessfiil men, no matter what 
their callintr, know the value of time. 
"William Matthews calls them "misers 
of minutes," and what waste should 
they pruard ajrainst more carefully 
than that of the golden minutes which 
mean success? 

Napoleon won hundreds of battles 
by being on time or a little before 
time. Later, when he had groAvn fat- 
ter and less fit, he was defeated be- 
cause of the promptness and punct- 
uality of Blucher, which enabled 
Wellinnrton to turn a drawn battle in- 
to victory. 

In business a man should not only 
be punctual to the minute with en- 
erajrements which he makes, but with 
all implied engagements. He should 
be at his desk or at his post in the of- 
fice, store or shop on time, and regu- 
larly during business hours, just as a 
soldier should be on duty at any given 

There is no excuse for irregularity, 
and the man wlio isn't on the job all 
the time will find himself out of a job 
in double-quick time. 

Watch your business or working 
minutes. Make each of them pay you 
a real return. — Am. Stationer, 

(The above article expresses the 
p]ditor's views much better than he 
liiiM.self can.) 


(Continued from page I) 

eidents, they find that the largest 
numlier occurs to day workers on 
JMonday mornings, and a study of this 
condition discloses that the employees 
do not get settled down to work 
promptly enough after their Saturday 
afternoon and Sunday holidays. There 
is always a falling off in the number 
of accidents on Tuesday, because they 
remained at home and rested on Mon- 
day night. 

In support of this statement, atten- 
tion was called to the fact that acci- 
dents increased again on Wednesday, 
indicating that the victims went out 
Tuesday nights. Accidents reached 
their peak during the last working 
hours on Saturday forenoon, and this 
is explained by fatigue overtaking 
them. Another cause for the accident 
line climbing upward toward the end 
of the week was due to the haste of 
piece-workers. Some employees take 
it easy during the beginning of the 
week. They expect to catch up later. 
They are less careful, thereby subject- 
ing themselves to injury. 

The majority of accidents occurred 
from 10 a. m! to 11.30 a. m., when 
Hearing dinner time. This was due 
to employees being hungry and tired. 

What is said about the Company 
above mentioned, can be applied to 
our employees as well. 

Our records show the same fluctua- 
tion and the charts will tell you. 
Therefore, be very careful. Be prompt 
about getting to your work. Fight off 
lassitude and sluggishness and you 
will join our accident prevention cam- 


"Beware of being satisfied with 
.yourself . ' ' 

"The only difference between a rut 
and a grave is the width and depth." 

"If you are truly rich, you could 
lose all your money and still be rich." 

"All men are pretty much alike — 
but it is their unlikeness that is im- 

— T. N. CARVER. 

The summer brides are leaving us, 
We're sorry to see them go. 
But their places are filled up quickly 
Its the way of the world, you know. 

The Boss must now get busy, 
Some more desks to make ; 
For help is coming faster 
Than he has room to take. 

Since the men were all provided 
With cuspidors so new, 
•Toe must have got excited, 
For his is broke in two. 

0, where is Freddie now? 
We are very much concerned 
To know the reason why he left 
And why he never returned. 

His successor's in no danger — 
I'll tell yon the reason why. 
Its just because he fails to have 
A "come hither'' look in his eye. 

The windows that have been opaque 
Are glistening in the sun ; 
Someone had a happy tliou^ht 
And washed them, every one. 

We now can see our chauffeur, 
A-speeding doAvn the line; 
Can also see the weather 
And see it rain or shine. 

Often wl:ile we're soldering rings. 
Someone near will call, 
"Look, see Corina's new silk stock- 
We look and see th.em (all). 

Do you wish to learn the shimmy? 
Beatrice will teach you how, 
She practices here so often 
She's a craeker-jack at it now. 

"Sylvia's toothpick wa.s missing," 

you say, 
"And lumber 'd gone up."" you 

But he swallowed his toothpick, 

lumber went down. 
Now don"t tell him whatever you 


]\Iiddleboro Branch. 



(Continued from last Issue) 

After turning down the surface of 
the ingot to a perfectly smooth cir- 
cumference, we then drill a hole 3-8 
inch to 1-2 inch in diameter right 
through the center of the material and 
insert a rod of silver solder, that 
agrees with the metal, in the hole. The 
solder is fluxed with borax before in- 
serting and the solder filled ingot is 
then heated in a special furnace until 
the solder and shell run together as 
one metal. Thus you contrive the 
solder filling. Great care must be ex- 
ercised in making the solder and in- 
serting it, for should there be a small 
bubble in it, or a crack, the process 
of drawing down would stretch it sev- 
eral hundred j^ards, and that much 
wire and the labor on it would be 
wasted. "Mountains from Mole- 
hills" fits wire-drawing. From the 
fins'' ing the ii^got is taken to a big 
twelve-ton roll and here it is rolled 
down to a size of .205 in. thickness. 
In the rolling it is necessary to anneal 
the metal several times to keep it soft 
enough to work. When rolled to .205, 
the ingot, now large wire, is trans- 
ferred to a reducer, pointed and in- 
serted between a pair of matched re- 
ducing dies, which reduce and stretch 
the wire noticeably. After each oper- 
ation, annealing is again necessary. In 
the process of rolling and reducing, 
the wire becomes misshaped and it is 
necessary to take the heavy coils of 
v/ire from the reducer and draw the 
material down further on the Bull 
Block. The end of the wire is again 
pointed and inseried through a draw- 
plate hole several thousandths in di- 
ameter, sm.iller than the wire itself, 
and the protruding end is caught in 
a jaw-vise and pulled through the hole 
slill further lengthening the wire. 
This operation is repeated several 
t ni(s, unlil the w're is down from .125 
through a large ten strain machine, 
to aroi;nd .045 and then commences 
the real wire-drawing operation. Here 
wc \s,Q what are called Diamond Dies. 
Diamond is a substance so hard and 
dural le that it is ideal for the purpose 
of ])reventir.g the bulging wire from 
wide; ling the hole through which it is 
drav»'!i. Again we point the end of 
the wire, insert it through the die, an 
ati'air that looks like a silver quarter 
v.'itli a small hole in the center, and 
draw down the wire to the desired 

thickness. The original coil rests on 
a spool and the end is carried through 
the die. The die is then stationed 
against a solid steel rack and the wire 
drawn through and fastened to anoth- 
er spooler on the other side of the ma- 
chine. While the operation is per- 
formed, the wire runs through a solu- 
tion continually. 

After having reduced our product 
to .009 i)i diameter, we proceed to 
spool on reels of standard size and 
forward them to Mr. Berkley for his 
pleasure or maledictions. We hope 
for his plea.sure in the future, for 
just as the rest of the factory is a sue 
cess, we believe this must be also. 

In closing let's all hope for success. 
Mr. Berkley's pleasure, Bill's ser- 
aphic smile, and Hattie minus her 
I'ervous condition. It's big smiles for 
us all if it goes right, and our fault 
if it goes wrong. 



(Continued from page I) 

does his big bit. The abstract has to 
be figured. In something like three 
hours he has to compile a correct list 
of the number of pennies, nickels, 
dimps, quarters and halves needed, as 
well as the correct denominations in 
his bills. This brings the payroll out 
"io a cent when it is put up in the en- 

It takes approximately 2 3/4 hours 
to put change and bills in 900 envel- 
opes and to seal the envelopes, with 
three men on the job. 

At present there are verj' few firms 
using the written receipt for the pay, 
and even though it means more work, 
wh.en you stop to think of the record 
we have in our file, it seems to be 
well worth it. 

So ye who "crab" when your pay is 
wrong — when you denounce "those 
dumb bells on the payroll," jilease re- 
member that they're human beings 
aiid therefore perfectly apt to make a 
mistake. The lannber of changes that 
are coi:stantly going into effect make 
it doubly hard, and twice as easy for 
us to be wrong. 

We have all been much interested 
here in articles published, particular- 
ly those pertaining to manufacturing 
processes on solder filled wire, mesh, 
burnishing, etc., and have been espec- 
ially impressed with the idea of care- 
fulness in manufacture and operations 
as pointed out by the difi'erent writ- 
ers, as we receive some of our goods 
from the main factory partially man- 
ufactured. If goods reach us in poor 
condition we cannot, as you can there, 
return them to the responsible partv 
to be done over but have to make the 
best of it and repair and patch up 
ourselves or if goods are not in con- 
dition so that we can do so, are obliged 
10 scrap them, which is an expensive 
l)roceeding in either case, of course 
you who are working on the goods do 
n')t know where they are going which 
'iiry goes to show that for your own 
interests as well as those of the firm if 
it up to all to see that goods are 
turiicd out a.s nearly perfect as pos- 

We have also been very much in- 
terested in the Middleboro coin -an. 
This brings out several points which 
affect in more or less degree all 
branches, particularly our own, a,s 
brought out in their last article about 
other factories closing up and being 
dull. We are having the .same exper- 
ience here in this city, but to date 
have had enough business to keep all 
at work, which goes to show that we 
are working on the goods which peo- 
ple want. 

— L. W. COOK. 

Supreme Torture 

doing home on the car at night. 
Tired, hungry — just starved for a 
bite, the aisle you chance to see 
Side by side as nice as can be, 

Lillie St. John and I\Iabel I. 
Serenely eating custard pie. 

It is rumored that Henry Labrie is 
going to eml)ark on tiie sea of matri- 
mony soon. 

Joining Department 

We wish to make known the fact 
that Felix, our boss, rises daily at five 
a. m., and milks the cow before com- 
ing to work. We wager no other de- 
partment claims a boss like oui*s. No 
use talking, folks, Felix is clever. 




Lucinda loves to sing hymns. She's 
alwaj's singing them. Beatrice at the 
same bench got impatient with her 
one dav and called out "Hev, Lucin- 
da! Can that (Junk^." "B" meant 

"We hear that Renhock, our number 
two fixer, went to Milford last Sun- 
day. Someone said they had good 
home-brew there. 

"Wliat would Lena do if .short skirts 
went out of style? 

No wonder Denniese Sirois likes 
Plainville. She can not only get work, 
but also a fellow to take her to the 
dance, even if he is "Punk." 

^Vlien "Happy" smiles at Lou-Lou, 

Isabelle gets a little sore. 
Then Irene turns the tables, 

And "Happy" says no more. 


Typhoid Fever may be defined 
as a general infection due to ' ' bac- 
illus typhosis," characterized by 
ulceration of the follicles of the in- 
testines, enlargement of the spleen, 
and essential changes in the tissue 
of other organs. In most cases it 
can be attributed to defective 
drainage and impure water. Im- 
proper ventilation, bad food, filthy 
homes, help to lower the resistive 
power of the individuals. 

^Ijiiiptoms. A rose colored erup- 
tion, diarrhoea, digestive disorder, 
gas, abdominal tejiderness. In se- 
rious, the nervous symptoms 
are intensified and the tempera- 
ture remains high. 

Complications are excessive 
diarrhoea, intestinal hemorrhage, 
inflammation of the gall bladder, 
retention of urine, pneiimonia, 
ph'urisy, nephritis and bronchitis. 
Cleanliness and quietness are of 
the utmost importance. Proper 
cart" of the mouth is essential in 
preventing re-infection. Wliile 
taking care of the patient, always 
scrub tlie hands before taking food. 

B. G. COTE, 


(To be continued) 

Strange, how hard luck will follow 
a fellow ! Reynolds, of the Stamp 
Room, was married and in an automo- 
bile accident, all in two weeks. 

The fellow in the brown derby says 
that Eva Contois must have had an 
elephant time in "Her Baby's Arms." 

Charles Winters wants it clearly 
understood that he is a woman-hater. 

Charlotte, like the birds, is going 
south for the winter. 

Buhlia Ralyea, Walter Main's as- 
sistant, says that she sincerely hopes 
that he will be more careful the next 
time he goes skunk hunting. 

Felix has a paddle to use on his 
girls who come in late. Now all he 
needs is the courage to use it. 

A fellow joker asked Chet Spence 
of the Planning Department if his last 
name was "Suspense" or "Dis- 
pense." His shopmate beside him an- 
swered before Chet had a chance and 
said, "By the way he is courting at 
the present time it will soon be 'Ex- 
pense.' " 

Nobody seems to have heard of the 
W. & D. Co. Bowling Team yet. 
Where can it be? 

Only a few more weeks and we will 
be able to use our new Rolling Room. 

The Chain Company is about to run 
a "Popular Girl" contest with Jennie 
Hotchberg and Helen Wagner as the 
leading contestants. 

Henry: "Have you heard Rosa's 
voic^» over the telephone?" 

Coffee: "Yes, and that's all I have 
heard since I've been here." 

Why don 't you try and move nearer 
the shop, Katie? You won't have so 
far to go. 

Mr. Collins had better request the 
tennis club to install electric lights by 
which he can play Sunday nights. 

Wedding Bells to Ring! 

Although the weather was plea.sant 
Friday evening, there was a "big" 
shower at the home of Florence King 
for Catherine Greve, who is to be mar- 
ried soon. Jessie Bourgeois assisted 
Florence in her clever plan and invit- 
ed Catljerine to hear her new Sonora. 
You can imagine her surprise when 
the door was opened to find twenty- 
five of her friends waiting in silence. 

The house was prettily decorated in 
white crepe paper, and especially the 
chair for the bride-elect, over which 
was suspended a large wedding bell. 
Th.en came the shower, from a glass 
rolling pin and linen to cut glass and 
silver. Then came the mock wedding 
in which Tina Garwin was the bride, 
Helen Jedlenski the groom and Rhea 
Larocque the minister. 

A dainty luncheon was then served 
and after a few selections on the Son- 
ora, the party broke up, all extending 
their best wishes to the bride to be and 
declaring their hostess the best ever. 

Attention ! 

Anj'one securing an automobile 
through me will receive one-half of 
my commission, if I get it. — Harvy 

A sure sign of Winter — Mart Bren- 
nan wears his red sweater. 

Albert Beyesdorfer and Eddie De- 
sautil have taken up hunting as a pas- 
time. As far as we can see it is 
ly a pastime for we haven't observed 
any game yet. Rabbits had better be- 
ware as Eddie is a pretty good run- 

;Mary says that there are some very 
good singers in Gold Dept. B. She 
claims they could make good before 
the general public. 

Timidness prevents two girls in the 
Gold Dept. B from stating very plain- 
ly just what they think of the faith- 
fulness shown in the ' ' Watch as close- 
ly campaign", carried on by two dis- 
tinguished gentlemen. 

Weather is getting cold for that 
bread line every noon. Why not go in 
and sit down while waiting ? 

A man in North Attleboro. upon 
asking a W. & D. Co. employer how 
business was, received the answer, 
"Fine." He replied, "Well, you "re 
lucky, is all I can say. ' '